A new play, "Double Time," written by John Walch, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's playwright-in-residence, will have a staged reading at 2:30 p.m. EDT on May 14 as part of the Montgomery theater's Southern Writers' Project Festival.
The play is about a young white playwright trying to work on a new musical based on Alabama native Leon Harper, the first African American Broadway superstar. The playwright is encouraged by many people around him, but the biggest boost comes from the ghost of the late Harper.
Music producer Nile Rodgers will be writing the music and lyrics for the musical. Rodgers has worked with people like Madonna, Duran Duran, Diana Ross, David Bowie and Eric Clapton. His own group, Chic, had several hits, including "Good Times." Rodgers produced Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Duran Duran's "Nortoriuous" and the B-52s' "Cosmic Thing." That album had the hits "Love Shack" and "Roam."
Walch's play, "In the Book Of," will get world premiere treatment during the ASF's 2011-12 season. He hs won the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the Mark Klein Playwriting Award, three Austin Critics Table Awards and a James Michener fellowship.
The Southern Writers' Project Festival will be May 13-15.